Friday, July 20, 2012

Due date!

Wow, it's been a week and a half since I last wrote.  Time is flying by!  Today's the official due date of our baby, but no imminent signs at this point.  We are very thankful that the baby is no longer breach.  Our doctor did what's called an "external version" two weeks ago.  Anyone who wants details can ask Leann sometime.

Thanks everyone for all the prayers lately.  I know everyone has been praying all along, but I'm suspecting there has maybe been a little extra fervency with chemo, the baby, etc.  This week I have felt the best of any week since radiation ended.  I'm still taking some pain meds but only a couple times a day.  I even spent one morning cleaning out the garage, getting the leftover wood & tools from the doghouse project put away.  And so far, I haven't felt any ill effects from that.

What I'm Learning from Cancer #3

1.       God will help you through things that look too hard for you to bear now.  When do you get the boarding pass to go on a plane?  Just right before you need it.  (We were listening to Corrie Ten Boom on one of the Mayo’s trips)  God gives grace in the same timing.  So many of you comment that you couldn’t go through what we are or wouldn’t have the same attitude.  Actually I’m convinced you’d have the same attitude and be able to handle it just as well once thousands of people started praying for you.   Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  Romans 5:20 “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”  II Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  God gives grace to the humble, and so many times it’s hard to be humble when things are going well.  So the trials humble us, which then brings God’s grace to strengthen us and help us through them.  I’m struggling to find a scripture that really point blank says this, but I believe we would agree that God gives grace just as we need it, not weeks or months before.

  The Gospel Hymns #403 says it best probably,
 “He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
 He sendeth more strength when the labors increase.
  To added afflictions He addeth His mercy;
 To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

[Chorus]  His love has no limit; His grace has no measure;
 His power has no boundary known unto men.
  For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
 He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

 When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
 When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
 When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
 Our Father’s full giving is only begun.


I'm just thankful for each of the good days God has given me over the last couple weeks, and pray that it can continue and I can serve him with all my heart each day.  And if you have time to say a prayer for us, pray that the baby can arrive soon and safely.

Derek & Leann


  1. Derek,
    I can so relate to this post. Since Laynee died, we have had so many tell us that "they couldn't do it." The truth is, we CAN'T do it, not of ourselves. Jim and I would never have thought ouselves capable of burying a child and then going on with life without bitterness or debilitating anger. And we are. Our Lord interevenes, when we are stipped of all else but our very dependence on him, he hears our groanings, he becomes the very air that we breathe and by him and through him, we do that which is impossible.

    Praying daily for you.
    God is good...........all the time.

  2. We think of you often and continue to hold you up in prayer

    Michael & Rachel Messner

  3. I'm praying for a quick delivery and early enough in the day that you will both have the energy to enjoy such a wonderful event! Take it easy now so you aren't too zapped when the time comes! Looking forward to hearing the news!